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Physical Education A-Level at Reading School

Course description

The Physical Education course is designed to incorporate elements of theory, research and application of theory. The AS and the A2 year are split into 2 units of work which both count for 50% of the year’s UMS grade. One of these units is theoretical and assessed through an end of year test paper and the other unit is research and practical based which is assessed through the coursework set.

Course content

The aim of this course is to build the student’s knowledge of the human body’s systems and how they respond and adapt to its environment. It provides them with an insight about society’s trends in physical activity participation rates, comparing the UK to other countries such as Japan, Finland and the USA. It looks at contemporary health issues in society and how these have changed over recent times. Another significant focus is the development of competitive sport and how national governing bodies are striving to improve mass participation in different sports at grass root level through to elite level. The large amount of coursework means that the pupils get to practice a significant amount of independent learning through researching information, collating it and refining it into the presentation of assignments. The skills gained from this are very transferable and help to prepare them for life after A Level, whether it be university or the start of their career.

It is compulsory that the pupils are actively participating in a sport (performer, coach or officiator) on a regular basis throughout the course, as this is fundamental to the learning that takes place

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade B in Biology or Science. You should have practical ability and a genuine interest in Sport and Physical Education. It is compulsory to be involved in regular competitive sport over the course of the A Level.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Reading School directly.

Last updated date: 06 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years